Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Make Up Must Haves!

Around the holidays you always want to look your best. You go to more parties, and see more people, around the holidays than you do any other time of the year. Most of us do our best to look fresh, clean and festive. A few things I find very necessary this time of year are:

1. Good Eye Make-Up Remover: A must have for removing all that "smoky" eye makeup and "big lash" mascara. I can't live without the Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover. I find it great for people who wear contacts, as your eyes can be so sensitive to other harsh cleansers. The Elaine Gregg Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover is also a great product for people with dry skin, as it seems to be more of an oil based product than a harsh gel.

2. Skin Primer: A primer, or lack thereof, can definitely make or break an awesome makeup job. One of my favorite products in general is the ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. I also like the gloMinerals face primer as it slides on smooth as silk! These will help "fill in" and give you a smooth surface before applying foundation. I also use the gloMinerals lid primer as it keeps my eye makeup clean and helps it stay on longer.

3. Mineral, non-pore clogging foundation: Whether you like liquid or powder, loose or pressed, gloMinerals is the way to go. I love that my make-up is NEVER the cause of a breakout, and it has contains Titanium Dioxide that works as a second sunblock. I love the gloMinerals pressed powder for it's amazing coverage. The gloProtective liquid foundation is also great and not heavy or "cakey" like so many liquid foundations.

4. Fun Holiday Make-Up Colors: Holiday make-up is unlike any other in that you want to look "festive", especially around Christmas and New Year's Eve. Some of my very favorite holiday colors are:
*gloMinerals gloShimmer brick, gleam. Pretty colors that are versatile for cheeks and eyes!
*gloMinerals gloSmoky Eye Kit. Great colors, all in one palette, for that amazing Smoky Eye.
*gloMinerals gloCream Eyeliner - Ebony. Never has black eyeliner lasted so long, or had such great, dark pigment.
*LipToxyl Sheer Lip Colors. There's a shade for every skin tone and they have a hint of plumper, but not the normal intolerable sting that can come with some. The Nude is great for the classic look, and the Precious will look good on just about anyone!

After all these fun colors and fabulous faces, you will need a great cleanser to clean out those pores and give you a fresh face for the new year. One of my favorite new cleansers is the ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser. It is tough on removing makeup, while not drying your skin out like many cleansers with the harsh "Sodium Laureth Sulfate".

Whether you're hunting for great skin care products, makeup or hairspray to keep that fabulous holiday-do, you can find them all at www.BeautyStoreDepot.com.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SkinCare Products Prices. What is "too good" of a deal?

I get phone calls every day based on our 115% Low Price Guarantee. Customers call and they want me to match prices on Amazon, Ebay and even Craigslist sometimes! I don't know anyone who likes to "lose" money, so how these products get sold for a serious percentage below our COST just baffles me!

How could a retailer sell a product for less than wholesale cost and still make money? A few different ways, and they're rather scary if you ask me.

1. The product was stolen. If they didn't pay for the product in the first place, why would they care what they're selling it for? They just want the lowest price, to turn over the most profit.

2. The product came from a 2nd or 3rd hand it is expired or not even the same product in the container. I've actually had a customer call me and have to spend another $100 because the $70 or $80 they saved got them not Vitamin C, but water.

The importance of buying products that you are putting on your skin or in your hair from a valid re-seller of that brand is very significant. The number of agents that could have been put in product that is not sealed, brand new or direct from the manufacturer could do some serious damage to your skin, and your wallet. A few ways to tell if a website is a valid re-seller are:

1. Do their prices match the full MSRP (retail price)? If not, some companies allow 5% or 10% off, at the most. Never do skincare companies just say "Sure. Sell our products on your website for 20% off". It just doesn't happen.

2. Does that company sell the full line of the brand, i.e., SkinMedica, Obagi, etc? There are a few brands out there and we will choose not to carry the men's portion of the line, or the body products, but never do we only carry 20 out of 40 products. Many times if someone is only carrying product that they received from an unknown source, they'll just carry what they can get their hands on and not the full line.

3. What is that companies return policy? If someone has a "no returns, whatsoever" policy, it is usually because they do not have a way for being reimbursed for product that is faulty or that a customer is dissatisfied with. At BeautyStoreDepot.com, we will take any product return, as long as it has been ordered from us, within 30 days, we will refund your money or give you store credit. We do this because all of our products come directly from the manufacturer and we have no problem getting a replacement product.

When it comes to buying skincare products online, I understand we all want a good deal. Some of the main things to be careful about are what ingredients are being used, how far is the product away from its expiration date and is this product being sold at a reasonable retailer price. We all have to be careful of this especially around the holidays.

For any questions or for that 115% price match guarantee, contact us at 1-800-926-5219 and speak with a friendly, courteous customer service specialist.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dry Air doesn't have to mean Dry Skin

Dry Winter Air holds basically no moisture. This can lead to all sorts of skin issues from dry patches to sensitivity and even breakouts. To combat dry winter skin, be sure you have a good daily moisturizer. There are also solutions such as moisturizing masks and great cooling and soothing serums.

Some of my favorites are:
1. Cosmedix Emulsion: This intense hydrator can turn dry, flaky skin smooth and hydrated in no time. My favorite part of this product is that while it hydrates it does not cause breakouts or irritation with heavy fragrances. It gives you a great dewy look without oil or other parabens.

2. iS Clinical Moisturizing Complex: Designed to not only provide essential hydration to the underlying skin layers, but also provide excellent external protection from free radical damage caused by the environment. This product has great antioxidant properties and will sooth the most chafed of skin.

As far as moisturizing and soothing serums go, I love:

1. Cellex-C Hydra 5 B-Complex: An oil-free, crystal clear gel containing an extraordinarily high percentage of hyaluronic acid - the body's own natural moisturizer. Smoother, silkier, more radiant looking skin will be noticed in 3-6 weeks. It's moisture in one of it's purest forms.

2. iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum: With its healing properties of Kojic Acid, as well as it's moisturizing properties with the B5 and Hyaluronic Acid, this product is a must have for any dry skin patient.

One of the most important things to remember when you are moisturizing is not to overdo it. You want to supplement your skin with the moisture it needs that is no longer coming in from the warm summer humidity, but not so much that you supplement your skin's own natural tendency to moisturize.

These products and many more can be found at: www.BeautyStoreDepot.com

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Healthy Holiday Skin!

With Halloween behind us, we all need to prep our skin to look our best for the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas just mean family, traveling, and lack of a normal routine, which can wreak havoc on your skin! Some great things to try for the holidays are Travel Sets! These typically contain air safe sizes and at great prices!

My favorites include the iS Clinical Anti-Aging and iS Clinical Hyperpigmentation travel kits. Bioelements has some wonderful kits for your eyes this season as well, as allergies can really do a number on that sensitive skin! I love the Bioelements Eye Rejuvenation Kit!

Another great product to consider is the Clarisonic Mia! This can keep your skin clean and exfoliated, even on the go, in a convenient travel size, with a pLink international charger!

Before this holiday season gets under way, get rid of all of that Halloween make up left in your pores, by exfoliating, and using great natural exfoliants. As opposed to just scrubs, natural exfoliants really help keep your skin turning over during this dry winter season when you can really get thick layers of build up. I love to use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant during these dryer seasons as it is gentle enough to use every day! At night time, I like to back off the stronger retinols and use either the Dermalogica AGEsmart Multivitamin Thermafoliant or the Cosmedix Defy.

Even though it's not summer anymore, don't forget your sunblock! Your skin is exposed to just as many if not more rays on the slopes as it is in the water. Some of the best sunblocks for this dry holiday season are Cosmedix Hydrate + and SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20. Another great thing about both of these products is that they are under 3 oz, travel safe, and can be your moisturizer + sunblock in one, which means less products to haul around.

You can find all these great products and more at www.BeautyStoreDepot.com.

With all these great options, you should be all set for that great facial we all hope we're getting for Christmas this year!

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